11 April 2022
Health, Safety & Wellbeing sponsored by VolkerWessels UK
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 finalist
Balfour Beatty VINCI's project has sought out new equipment, technologies, and initiatives during 2021, to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of all its workers and members of the public.
4D modelling has been routinely used throughout the year and this collaborative working style saves time during tightly programmed weekend closures of the project, when demolishing or installing bridges and other key works. Regarding safety, it not only helps to resolve any potential clashes but allows key decision-making to be carried out early enough to ensure everyone involved goes home safe and well.
A recovery system (VDZ) was invested in, which improves recovery time for stranded vehicles on the motorway, a common occurrence across Highways. This reduces risk to both recovery workers and road users, as well as reducing the waiting time for recovery of stranded vehicles.
A new edge protection system has been introduced in the central reservation to help to alleviate the industry-wide problem of protecting excavations in already very narrow areas, providing protection for workers and road users who end up on site. The system provides a continuous barrier which requires less maintenance and can be easily installed and replicated in different locations.
The project implemented pre-cast drainage units, which reduce risk to people-plant interface, deep excavations and improve productivity.
350 personnel trained in the Mates in Mind Start the Conversation training and approximately 200 toolbox talk briefings on mental health.
500 personnel have completed the behavioural safety programme.
10,000 safety observations raised in a 12-month period helping to maintain a strong health and safety culture.
Client: National Highways
Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 Ceremony on Thurs 30th June 2022.
About the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award (sponsored by VolkerWessels UK):
Health, Safety & Wellbeing is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incidents and promoting health and well–being across the supply chain. More info